SoS meets Bloody Sunday families in Londonderry

Owen Paterson is the new Northern Ireland Secretary
Image caption Mr Paterson is meeting families ahead of the publication of the Saville report

Secretary of State Owen Paterson has met relatives of those killed on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry.

Mr Paterson discussed the arrangements for publication of the Saville report which is to be published on 15 June.

He said he was yet to be briefed on the report, but he would take the families requests on board.

"We had a very interesting discussion. They asked good questions, they made some sensible suggestions," said Mr Paterson.

"I've not given a guarantee we will go ahead with everything, but it was helpful.

"We're having very regular meetings on this subject. Every day we have meetings, and every day something new pops up.

"There were some helpful ideas today."

Families of those who died or were injured, and the soldiers most directly involved, will be able to see it some hours before it is published.

Michael McKinney, whose brother Willie was killed on Bloody Sunday, said the relatives were pleased by what they heard from Mr Paterson.

However, he said relatives were concerned that family members who were not present at the pre-read would not have the opportunity to be briefed on the report before it was presented to parliament.

Mr Paterson will also meet the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and the Foyle MP, Mark Durkan in Derry on Thursday.

Thirteen people died after paratroopers opened fire during a civil rights march in Londonderry on 30 January 1972. Another person died of his injuries some time later.

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